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CES: Netgear showcases wireless routing and storage advances

New models seek to extend coverage and collaboration
Mon Jan 09 2012, 20:32
The netgear Media Storage Router combines a NAS drive with a traditional router

NETWORKING HARDWARE OUTFIT Netgear has announced a range of devices to improve the performance of home office and consumer networks.

The company released details on a series of routers and storage devices for connecting multiple devices and systems through home networks.

Among the new arrivals will be the Media Storage Router. Combining a traditional wireless router with networked storage, the device will allow users to remotely back up and share important data and media files wirelessly. The device will support Apple's Time Machine as well as the Netgear Readyshare Vault tools.

"You get complete connectivity, and at the same time you get storage to protect the data that you cherish the most," said David Henry, VP of product management for Netgear's retail business unit.

In addition to dual-band WiFi, the router will offer a pair of USB 3.0 ports for wired connections. Maximum internal storage for the device will be 2TB.

To help users better manage their wireless networks, Netgear is expanding its Genie control console. Netgear Genie for mobile applications will allow users to manage settings through their handsets to control features such as parental controls and device blocking.

Other planned enhancements to the router line include the addition of support for .11AC and Powerline connections that will bring maximum performance for both protocols to the 1Gbit/s range.

For users looking to extend the reach of their wireless networks, Netgear has developed a universal wireless range extender. Designed to eliminate 'dead spots' in WiFi coverage, the device can be used to amplify wireless strength to remote locations.

Other updates include an N900 adapter designed for use with gaming consoles and a refresh for the NeoTV box that will add support for Hulu Plus.

Henry said that Netgear's new devices are designed to equip home networks for a growing range and number of devices. With households increasingly looking to connect six or more wireless devices at a time, the company sees a need for extending capacity and compatibility.

"What we need is a network upgrade," Henry explained. "The demands on the network and the challenges are definitely new, so the network has to evolve as well." µ


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